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Pastor Sarah

Rev. Sarah B. Linn has 20 years of experience in international Christian relief and development in over a dozen countries. From 2003-2009, she lived and worked in the Republic of Yemen, studying Arabic and starting a network of adult vocational training centers. 

She received her M.Div degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, having completed the bulk of her studies at Fuller's Colorado Springs campus. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK.

After returning from Yemen, Sarah was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served a congregation in SE Michigan for almost 4 years before moving to Creede in 2017.

The important thing about Sarah is that she loves Jesus. The most important thing is that Jesus loves her.

Wed. Word - May 25

The crowning evidence that Jesus is alive

is not a vacant grave, but a spirit-filled fellowship.

Not a rolled-away stone, but a carried-away church.

-- Clarence Jordan

 

Last Sunday, I mentioned that over 200 mass shootings have taken place in the US so far this year. I was thinking about recent murders at a church in southern California and at a Tops store in Buffalo. Today, we are reeling from the massacre of teachers and more than a dozen 7-, 8-, 9-, and 10-year-old children at an elementary school in Uvalde, TX.

 

The factors contributing to this violence are many and complex. They include xenophobia, mental illness, social isolation, racial resentment, economic uncertainty, and idolatry, to name just a few. Sadly, these are not new threads running through the social fabric of our world. They are as ancient as Jesus’s prayer that we’re reading this week in John 17:20-26: that his followers, and those who follow them, “would be one” even as Jesus is one with the Father. This is the crescendo of Jesus’ famous “farewell discourse” (in John, chapters 13-17).

 

Jesus has a way of cutting to the root. Social discord was just as prevalent in first century Palestine as it is now. So, I find it intriguing that, of all the things he could have prayed, Jesus prays for us to know how tightly God in Christ has woven us together. Apparently, at the very heart of Jesus’ world-redeeming project is this underlying spiritual reality. Because of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, we are claimed by God and utterly united to one another.  

 

May the Spirit help us to appreciate the reality and implications of our oneness together – that we might more freely and joyfully join Jesus in making all things new.

 

See you on Sunday,

Sarah

Coming Up:

  • 5pm today: Community Choir rehearsal for the Creede Memorial Day Service. All are welcome (honest)!

  • A community memorial service for Edna Miles is being held at the Community Center this Saturday, May 28 at 10am with luncheon to follow.

  • Monday, May 30 at 11am: Community Memorial Day Service on Main St. by Basham Park.

  • Saturday, June 4: Red Church Workday (9am to 1pm, or as long as you can stay) to wash windows and tend to flower beds.